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You have reached the point in your life where your heart health and overall health is important to you. So it is time to take control and become knowledgeable about heart disease and what you can do to prevent it. Heart disease is the leading cause of death but it doesn’t have to be yours. You have the power to put yourself on the right track to living a healthier life for yourself and those around you.

For starters:

  • Eat healthy
  • Stay active
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight
  • Stop smoking
  • Keep alcohol consumption in moderation

Some factors such as age, family history or gender may make your risk higher than others and that is out of your control, but what is in your control is what you put into your body and how active you are.

Nutrition

Don’t look at eating more fruits, vegetables, and lean meats as a bad thing, as this diet will help you keep your heart healthy. You should always try to read the nutrition labels provided in order to keep saturated fats and trans fats out of your diet. Cutting out the garbage will not only keep your heart healthy but also make you feel better overall as well.

Exercise

Staying active doesn’t have to be a dread, but it can be fun activity that you involve your family and friends in with you. It is recommended that you get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise in 4-5 days a week to keep your heart rate up. If you can’t complete 30 minutes of physical activity, you can break your time up into 10 minute increments to get it completed.

Healthy Weight

Being overweight is not beneficial for your heart in any circumstance, as it increases your risk for heart disease. The excess weight that you are carrying around can also lead to other medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Visit your doctor for more information on what a healthy weight is for you based on your age, gender and height.

Smoking

If you are smoking and concerned about your heart health it may be in your best interest to seek help and quit now. Cigarettes contain chemicals that are damaging to your heart and arteries that put you at higher risk for a heart attack.

Alcohol

Keep your alcohol consumption at the recommended daily level based upon your age and gender. Speak with your physician on what amount you should be drinking or if you should cut it out completely based upon your health concerns.

These are just a few of the factors that can lead to heart disease among other things. Start today by eating a heart healthy diet and staying active in order to maintain a healthy weight. If you are looking for more information please visit your family doctor for a more detailed list on what you should be doing to maintain a healthy heart.